The Socialist International

One of the issues raised while considering Venezuela, is the suggestion that since Jose Guaido’s party, Voluntad Popular is a member of the Socialist International, Labour Party member’s should be supporting him and his party; interestingly the Labour Party is no longer a full member of the SI, having downgraded its membership in favour of the Progressive Alliance, which sort of means something else in the UK.

I’d like to find out why and still love the badge.

I was pointed at The Slow Death of the Socialist International which deals with the history of the SI and describes the split which occurred in 2012. In the words of Jack Black, long story short, the European social democrats became unhappy with a number of recent affiliates, questioning their commitment to democracy and social democracy or socialism and lost the General Secretary election in 2012. The author seems unimpressed with where both organisations have ended up. I can see why.

Dr. Fritz Scharpf

I had cause to look at, I have not yet finished the following paper, “The asymmetry of European integration, or why the EU cannot be a ‘social market economy’”. written by Dr. Fritz Scharpf, a German Academic who finished his working career as the Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), in Cologne. Continue reading “Dr. Fritz Scharpf”

Lewisham Council’s Democracy Review

Lewisham Council, are looking at their constitution to see if they make it more democratic. They are running a consultation  which started in 2018 and is planned to finish and I propose to submit some evidence. I thought I understood how it worked, but I don’t; here are my notes.  Continue reading “Lewisham Council’s Democracy Review”

Yet more Copyright

Last week, the JURE committee of the European Voted to approve the current draft of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market this includes proposals to implement a link tax and that ISSPs must implement something akin to Google’s Content ID, to defend copyright from whatever. These are now it seems called upload filters. I’ve read a bit and here are my notes. Continue reading “Yet more Copyright”

IUSY 77

I attended the IUSY 77 Congress in Stuttgart, as part of the Labour Students delegation and stayed for the summer camp. I still remember some of the fabulous conversations I had and the amazing campaigning comrades that I met from the (West) German JUSOS and other parties across the world.

Were you there? Do you remember me?

Stability & Growth Pact

Do the EU treaties inhibit a Labour Government? Much of the debate focuses on industrial policy. Could a Labour Government nationalise an industry? (Yes!) Can it subsidise companies? (Not if this inhibits European companies from entering a market.) Could a Labour Government introduce a minimum wage? (Yes!).  A more interesting question is around Macro-economic policy. Here are my notes on the Stability & Growth Pact (SGP). Continue reading “Stability & Growth Pact”

On D’Hondt

For the European Parliament election in Great Britain  and Greater London Authority City wide list, a form of PR is used. Parties register lists of candidates, and voters vote for their preferred party. The counting is done using a method called the Dhondt method. This note describes the counting method and shows how an excel spreadsheet can produce the results. Continue reading “On D’Hondt”